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The UW-L School of Visual and Performing Arts has announced the return of the Creative Imperatives Festival.

ADAPTATION: Transformation, Resilience and Impact will take place on Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1 on the UW-L campus. All sessions are free and open to the public.

This year’s festival will celebrate the ever-changing nature of the arts: finding inspiration in one work of art to create another, reconfiguring ways of working to embrace technology or survive a pandemic, and reinventing itself to help engage the community in conversations about social and cultural issues. questions

Featured guests include composer Steven Bryant, artist Leslie Iwai and Minneapolis-based Theater Mu. The festival will present the idea of ​​adaptation – in all these forms – through workshops, presentations, open studios and performances by professors and students from the departments of art, communication studies, English , music and theatre.

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  • Discover Dada Collage, then put it into action using this art form to explore self-reflective narratives related to the experience of the pandemic. The purpose of Creating Correspondence Through Collage, offered at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, February 28, in Room 203 of the Center for the Arts, is for participants to reflect on their own transformation and resilience.
  • In two separate sessions, the Department of Theater Arts will show how essential adaptation is to its work. A documentary film exploring the process of creating the world premiere play Severe Clear will be screened during the Documentary Drama Creation Session at 2:15 p.m. on February 28 at Annett Recital Hall. Adapting Classics in a Pandemic will feature director Greg Parmeter in a conversation about transforming Molière’s play “The Misanthrope” into a modern satire on Gen Z social media influencers told entirely through a series of Zoom meetings. at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in room 116 of the Center for the Arts.
  • The High Art of Adaptation in Jazz and African American Music will show how the essence of jazz is found in adaptation and dialogue between musical cultures at 11 a.m. March 1 in Room 56 of the Center for the Arts.
  • Student writers and artists from The Catalyst will read and show their work and discuss how living conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to adaptations in what and how they create. This session will take place at 2:15 p.m. on March 1 in the Annett Recital Hall of the Center for the Arts.

Steven Bryant: Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology and humor in clean, skillfully crafted works that captivate listeners and performers alike. Winner of the ABA Ostwald Award and three-time NBA Revelli Award winner, Steven Bryant’s wind ensemble music reshaped the genre. A prolific composer, his extensive musical catalog is regularly performed around the world. Recently, his Ecstatic Waters were premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra to “unanimous and delighted acclaim”. The son of a professional trumpeter and music teacher, he places great importance on musical education and his creative output includes a number of works for young developing musicians. You can learn more about Steven at

  • Talk: Musical Versatility and Advocacy, 9:55 a.m. on Monday, February 28, at Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts
  • Discussion: Arts Study as Social Justice Action, 5 p.m. on Monday, February 28, in room 56 of the Center des arts
  • Lecture/Concert, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Leslie Iwai: Leslie Iwai is an installation artist and sculptor whose studies in math, chemistry, and architecture (MArch, Virginia Tech) fuel her passion for uncovering unusual connections found in her research and artistic process for the ruminations and inspiration of others. As the inaugural recipient of the Bemis Community Arts Fellowship (2005) and most recently as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for Intervarsity’s Urbana 2018 and 2021 finalist for the Forward Art Prize, Leslie has received numerous awards, solo exhibitions and residencies. . His work is part of numerous private and public collections, including Duncan Aviation and the Omaha Public Art Commission. Leslie has taught in university and community settings in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and New Mexico. She has collaborated as writer and artist for Image Journal, SEEN (CIVA) and The Well (InterVarsity). She enjoys living and exploring Wisconsin with her husband, where she creates art and collaborates and connects with her community. When not in her studio, Leslie can often be found treasure hunting at thrift stores or walking trails near her home in Middleton, Wisconsin. You can see his works at

  • Installation of the gallery: Winter’s Spring: An Ältere Garten, from Monday February 28, at the UW-L Art Gallery. Also note: last piece of this exhibition, a mobile cloud created with art students in print media and sculpture will be installed between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday
  • Artist Talk, Tuesday, March 1 at noon, Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Mu Theatre: As one of the largest Asian American theater companies in the country, Theater Mu produces great performances born of arts, equity and justice. Founded in 1992, Mu tells stories from the heart of the Asian American experience, showcasing a fusion of traditional and contemporary artistic influences, which range from the classics to the rising voices of our community. Theater Mu’s ongoing goal of celebrating and empowering the Asian American community through theater is achieved through stage productions, support of emerging artists, and educational outreach programs. The Mu Theater has been named a Regional Cultural Treasure by the McKnight and Ford Foundations as part of a national initiative that honors organizations that have had a significant impact on our cultural landscape over the decades.

Theater Mu is a member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists as well as a member of the Twin Cities Theaters of Color Coalition, proudly standing alongside New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, Penumbra Theater and Teatro Del Pueblo. Mu (pronounced MOO) is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese character for the shaman/artist/warrior who connects heaven and earth through the tree of life. You can find out more about the company at

  • Workshop/Discussion: Actor, Audience, Agency: An interactive workshop with Theater artists Mu Morgen Chang, Clay Man Soo and Hope Nordquist at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 28 at the Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall
  • Performance and Discussion: The Importance of “Seeing Yourself” with Theater artists Mu Clay Man Soo, Wesley Mouri and Hope Nordquist at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 28 at the Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

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